Rejoice even in the shadows

“It is supposed by some that religion makes people solemn, takes the sunshine out of their life, the joy out of their heart, the song out of their mouth. But the reverse of this is the truth. No other one in the world has such secrets of joy as has the Christian. Christ teaches his followers to rejoice. He bids them rejoice even in sorrow and trial.”
James Russell Miller

“There is strong shadow where there is much light.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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(Spicebrush swallowtail on the meyer lemons tree / Julie Cook / 2015)

Rejoice, Rejoice. . .and again I say Rejoice. . .
Rejoice in finding the happiness and joy that is promised to you this day,
just as it is promised each and every day . . .
Despite the growing and lengthening shadows that threaten the very gift of radiant light. . .
Those shadows which grow ever more ominous and heavy,
Remember that you are a child of holy Light. . .that there is nothing which remains hidden from the knowledge of the Most High. . .not even in the darkest shadow. . .

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
Philippians 4:4

4 comments on “Rejoice even in the shadows

  1. Lynda says:

    We are children of the Light and we are called to be a light to others. Thanks Julie!

  2. Amen, amen and amen again! Praise the Lord that He makes us children of the light when we put our faith in Him and accept His gift of salvation. Boy, this came as a welcome gift and I shut down for the night. It’s been a long, long day and I’m a very tired little Texas puppy! Thanks for lifting me up! Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  3. Nicodemas says:

    Wonderful, and uplifting.

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